Wednesday, November 28, 2012

where there is holiday cheer...

Where is the time going these days?  Jumping from cleaning, to doing a little shopping, to the play dates and trying to fit in work outs.  My poor little feet, but it is greatly needed here.  Before I spend the evening creating for something very exciting to come in a couple of weeks I wanted to hop on and share today's projects from Lily Bee and Precious Remembrance.
A little snowman puts a smile on my face any day.  I love just using the scissors and paper to create these little guys.  So easy to create.  For supplies head on over to Lily Bee today!  Next a little something for Precious Remembrance.
Additional project information can be found on the PR blog today as well.  Love finding wooden pieces around the craft room to embellish.  Finally, a little snapshot of my day as I walked to pick the kids up from school.
Enjoy carrying the camera around in my pocket for simple moments like these.  I have felt for the past five years that it is easy to get wrapped up in the drama that can be life sometimes that you miss the little moments.  This photo stood out today as he is all dressed in his school uniform, crunching acorns under his feet and waiting for his big brother to be released from school.  He is still my baby at six years old, that is for sure.

Have a peaceful evening and see you back here soon! 

Andrea

Monday, November 26, 2012

back to the basics...

Did you head out for some holiday shopping this weekend?  I had one store...just one...in mind.  When Saturday hit I jumped out of bed, got ready, one little man in tow and headed to Joann's.  That was all I needed to kick off some of the holiday projects I have in mind.  Found some beautiful quilting fabrics, a pattern for an apron and this beautiful flower pin to make it extra special...why not, right?  With so much fabric, the plan is to create a quilted throw blanket, oven mitts and see what we have left over...maybe something little for myself.

I spent some time just hangin' with my boys this week.  Took a few walks, played a little tag and snapped a few pictures.  Have you ever seen the movie Yes Man?  There is a run group in the movie that snaps photos during their run and it gave me an idea.  After deciding to scale back a bit with the closing of my shop and challenge blog, I am committing myself to live more in the moment with who and what is around me.  So this is just one of the photos taken on that walk...

I love the idea of heading out and about just clicking away.  We took a few on the walk to the park, a at the play ground and on the walk/run home.  I guess if I wasn't so behind in technology and actually had a camera on my phone this may be a little easier...but I don't so the camera is just fine by me. 

Before I being working on dinner and a few projects for Wednesday that I am in the middle of...check out my almost completed advent calendar over at Riddersholm.


Enjoy your day and see you back here soon!

Andrea

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

holiday spirit...

First, Happy Thanksgiving and holiday week to all my fellow U.S. crafters!  We celebrated a day early here while my in-laws were in town and will be departing in the morning.  The boxes of holiday decor has begun to make its way into the house and our first little tree is all decked out and pretty.  Tomorrow is the beginning of our countdown to Christmas and I am so ready this year.  Projects are underway, including this doorknob hang posted on Therm O Web blog today...
This was a quick and easy project with minimal supplies and can be created for so many occasions.     Something about the rich peacock felt color as the backdrop for the red petals. 

And now for the winner of the stamp and tinsel giveaway on the post below is ....Theresa Dagostino Forge!  Make sure to send me an email so I can get this in the mail to you.  Thank you so much for all of the comments and stopping by to take a peek.  I will be doing another giveaway this weekend of a bunch of paper and ink if you would like to stop on by once again to enter!  

An update as well...if you are waiting for a package from me or from The Creative Paper Trade, it will be in the mail by the end of the week. And finally...I recently had to come to a decision to close the CPT challenge blog.  The amazing talent and inspiration was so incredible and thank everyone who shared with us; however, after closing my Etsy shop a couple of months ago I have realized that my focus needs to be here at home a bit more.  After years of going back and forth, I believe the fear of letting go of a few things kept me from growing and moving forward.  It made it easy to make the same choices, stay in the same frame of mind and follow the same path in order to eventually...somehow...maybe reach my goals.  Today I can say that the fear of failure, the guilt of potentially making the wrong choices is subsiding a bit.  I am welcoming change and growing each and everyday.  It is uncomfortable, sometimes it doesn't feel right and feeling my heart race makes me doubt what I am doing, but after five years of the same...why not?  So as Thanksgiving is tomorrow, what a perfect time to give thanks and feel blessed with the opportunities, people and life I have been surrounded by and given.  Here's to growing and as my friend Kate said a few posts ago..."you are pruning just to make room for rose."  So very true!

Hugs to you all!

Andrea

Side note...you will still get to see flower tutorials here on my blog on the tabs above.  Will post here when I have the next one complete next week!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

simply enjoy you...

Oh hello there!  Gearing up for a fantastic week home with the kiddos and family!   Here to share a Lily Bee project from Friday...using cardstock stickers to create an altered item.


Make sure to check out the post HERE to see what amazing project Patricia created and all of the supplies that were used.

Taking our family to a hockey game today.  Been so long since I have been and curious how the kids will like it.  Have a great day!

Andrea

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

home is really where the heart is...

You know the saying..."home is where the heart is"...it is true and thankful for that today.  After almost a week away from my house full of boys, I am happy to be home caring for them once again.  Spent some time in Texas with my sister and parents in San Antonio...
It is beautiful there.  The days were sunny.  The Riverwalk was lively.  My feet are tired!  So getting back home and preparing for company for the next week.  Creating is on the back burner for a few more days as our days are full of holiday activities and mini day trips.
These two place card creations were posted on the American Crafts blog last week.  For details on products used and how to create this leaf, check out the AC blog here.  Don't forget to enter the giveaway below.  You have until Saturday. 

Also, for those who are waiting for packages from me...sorry, but just a few more days until I can have them shipped.  This includes the giveaways for The Creative Paper Trade.  Just a bit behind this time of year as I have been transitioning from filling my shop with goodies to fill my days with as much family time as I can get (all smiles about this too).

Take care all my crafty friends and see you back here soon!

Andrea

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

the pom-pom

I have just posted the Tuesday Tut over on The Creative Paper Trade blog to create these little flowers.  Also, don't forget to enter the giveaway on the post below for a chance to win a Precious Remembrance stamp set and tinsel string from Prairie Bird Boutique.  I am heading out to Texas for a few days with my sister and parents, leaving my hubby and kids at home for boy time.  Drove through Texas once, the tippy top of it, and excited to have fun with my family.  See you next week!

Andrea

Sunday, November 4, 2012

the holidays early...

We are going all festive here for the coming holidays and want you to do a little creating of your very own using this amazing new Christmas stamp set from Precious Remembrance...read on to the bottom of this post to see how you can enter to win this set!



Supplies:

Card #1 - Lily Bee papers, fabric ribbon tape, Martha Stewart decorative tape, Prairie Bird Boutique tinsel string.

Card #2 - Pink Paislee paper, October Afternoon paper, ribbon, Papertrey Ink buttons.

Card #3 - Pink Paislee paper, cardstock die, chipboard snowflakes, button, Papertrey Ink dies, Pebbles clothes pin, Prairie Bird Boutique tinsel string, ribbon.

To win this...
Enter a comment on this post by November 17th.  Will send you this stamp set and a bundle of Prairie Bird Boutique's tinsel string!

Friday, November 2, 2012

bundle...

Although baby days have come and gone here, it is always fun to create for the wee little ones.  Therm O Web is the place to visit this week and next for all things baby.  I recently found a bib pattern on Pinterest that called to me...and a chance to use some of my new fabric.  For project details, supplies, and additional photos head on over to Therm O Web today!  Of course I had to create a card to match...

Used a bit of Webster's Pages paper, American Crafts chipboard embellishment, button and heart stamp, Papertrey Ink stamp and resin flower from The Ribbon Girls.

Ok, I almost forgot about the owl drawing...the winner is #4 Holly S! Send me your address and I will send him on his way to you (andreascreativepapertrail@hotmail.com).

A side note...I have had a few people ask about my Etsy shop.  It is true...it is closed and will remain that way this time around.  After five years, a heavy heart and spreading myself too thin I have stepped away.  I have come to a point where I realized that I would rather share and give to my fellow crafters than stress over orders, products and shipping.  It is a chance to give back to others who have given me so much.  There has come a time when making a tough decision means hopefully growing and gaining in parts of my life where it is needed the most.   So as I head in this new direction I have already seen a happy family, a happy crafter and happy (hopefully still young) lady begin to get a grip on life post shop.  There are those days when you can find me wandering through the house not knowing what to work on next, but that is when I get to sit down and create for fun and enjoy all of your creations and inspiration a bit more.  Now I get to give my goodies to others who can find the happy homes.   You can find tutorials each week on my creative blog The Creative Paper Trade and digital freebies as well every two weeks. 

Thank you for the continued support and inspiration.  Life is getting a bit brighter learning how to control the chaos and putting into practice the gift of giving.

Andrea